(120 MARKS 60% OF FINAL GRADE)
You will investigate the different techniques used by photographers, graphic designers and artists to record the world around you. Over the course you will develop your use of digital photography, using both DSLR cameras and your phone camera. There is also the opportunity to use 35mm analogue cameras, develop your black and white films and print your photographs in our darkroom and experiment with non digital processes such as cyanotype and photogram. There is an expectation to develop photography outside of just 2D and push your work into exciting experimental responses.
DIGITAL AND NON DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, COLLAGE, PHOTOMANIPULATION, DIGITAL EDITING, INSTALLATION ART, SCULPTURE.
A Sense of Place: Natural Forms & The Environment
The first year of the course, students begin to understand the foundations of Photography by capturing the world around us. Students can interpret this in many different ways and are actively encouraged to take risks when capturing their interpretation of a ‘Sense of Place’. Photographers such as Jelle Martens, Jon Measures and Abigail Reynolds are critically analysed and used as a platform to make a personal response. This provides the stepping stones to create digital photographic edits on Adobe Photoshop and acts as a springboard for personal development to flourish. Students take ownership of their learning journey and take pride in their work as they investigate and evaluate their practice during their first project of the course.
Identity & Portraiture
Through photographing Portraiture, students are encouraged to explore the theme of ‘Identity’. Students become imaginative and inquisitive when developing personal ideas and are encouraged to take risks with how they interpret the theme. Students are guided by reviewing a number of photographers such as Antonio Mora, Edward Honaker and Marcelo Monreal and create personal responses in relation to them. Outcomes are regularly discussed in collaboration with peers to help analyse and evaluate. Students are encouraged to be resilient and persistent in their investigations as they are challenged to take risks with an emphasis on trial and error and the importance this has on positive creative development.
Confident Expressive Work
Both projects will be based on photographers/artists who work in an imaginative, inspiring way. You will explore the different techniques and mixed media pushing your creativity and imagination. You will then be given the opportunity to make final pieces based on your research and designs. We expect your work to be exhibited in school, in local exhibitions and we enter students in national competitions.
(120 MARKS 40% OF FINAL GRADE)
Question papers are issued in January (in year 11). The Eduqas set question paper has approximately 7 different starting points or themes. These usually cover a range of techniques including Digital Photography, mixed media, fashion photography, culturally diverse photography, graphic design, installation art etc. Students then choose one question to develop over 3 months.
You will sit a 10 hour exam over two days (two full days in school working on your exam) executing a final piece planned in the prior 3 months. The supporting work and final piece is combined towards 40% of the overall grade.